Dozens of students arrested over strikes in Mbarara

July 28
Police are holding 22 students over violent strikes that occurred in two secondary schools in Mbarara District. Students of Ngabo Academy and Nyakayojo Secondary School at the weekend went on strike and destroyed property worth millions of shillings. Ms Polly Namaye, the south western regional police spokesperson, said the students will be charged with vandalism.

The actual cause of the strikes have still not been established. Ms Namaye, however, said school authorities should consider students grievances before the situation gets out of hand. She said some students were complaining about constant power black out, poor feeding and lack of clean water. Mean while, police stopped what could have turned into a violent strike at Bweranyangi Girls Secondary School at the weekend.

Opposing uniforms
Ms Namaye said the strike was planned by senior three students who opposed wearing school uniform over the weekend and when going for morning preps. Other schools that have gone on strike in the last one month include Nganwa, Isingiro, Manji and Ruhanga Adventist secondary schools.

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